“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself as the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into the holy temple of the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” (2:19-22)
What I love about these first chapters of Ephesians, is that Paul is just stating facts and saying, “this is true in heaven, whether or not you see it here on earth.” This isn’t about how we feel things are going.
Even if all around, you see yourself being excluded from the family of God, I am telling you that you’re in it. Even if this wasn’t your story before, it is now. Even if you don’t always feel free from sin and temptation, you are. Even if it doesn’t look like an international tabernacle, it is.
These chapters are some of the richest in Paul’s letters, and anyone could easily (and have) spend months or years on them. We are breezing over a lot. These truths are important ifs to every subsequent then in Christian practice.
What stands out about them to you today?